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2023 Annual Meeting


The annual meeting of the American Arachnology Society will be held on the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, New York from 25 – 29 June 2023. Ithaca is in the ‘gorges’ Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York in a scenic rural area with waterfalls and moderate summer temperatures in the low 80’s.  Everyone is welcome! 


Registration and Abstract Submission are now open:

Registration Form:       bit.ly/aas2023atcornell

Abstract Submission:  https://cornell.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0DFxqaLJfR09sCW

Contact:                           aas2023@~@americanarachnology.org



Abstracts Due – 11 June.

Registration – Early bird rates until 5 June; Late Registration until 17 June.



Sunday, 25 June – Late afternoon reception, Optional parasite workshop, Executive Committee Meeting.

Monday, 26 June – Presentations, Poster Session, Symposia

Tuesday, 27 June – Presentations, Symposia

Wednesday, 28 June - Presentations, Symposia, Business meeting. Banquet (included in registration fee)

Thursday, 29 June – Optional waterfall and hiking tour with lunch.


Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Daiqin Li (National University of Singapore)

Dr. Hannah Wood (Smithsonian - National Museum of Natural History)

Dr. George Uetz (University of Cincinnati)


Five Symposia:

1. Ecology of arachnid parasites and parasitoids

2. Sensory Ecology

3. Behavior and Machine Learning

4. Evolutionary Trends in the Arachnid Tree of Life

5. Chronobiology


Optional Premeeting Workshop:

Parasites & Parasitoids in Arachnids by Nick Keiser for 2.5 hrs on Sunday afternoon, 25 June.

Space limited to first 30 participants requesting participation.


Meeting hosts:

Dr. Linda S. Rayor, Cornell University

Dr. Matthias Foellmer, Adelphi University 


Housing: In the new Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hall on North Campus next to a large diverse dining hall. Dorms include wifi, air-conditioned suites, access to pool, gym facilities.  Dormitories are a 10 to 15-minute walk around or across a small, wooded lake, and up a staircase to the lecture hall.  Buses run regularly from the dorms onto campus and into town.  There are also two hotels with conference rates in downtown Ithaca shuttles. Statler Hotel is on campus, but the nightly rate is quite high.

Food: Along with the dining hall near the dormitories, there are many eateries on campus near the lecture hall.  Two options are in the same building as the meeting venue. Having lunch on campus will be the fastest, easiest option, but dinner can be on campus, or in a wide range of restaurants in Collegetown, Downtown Ithaca, or other locations in town.

Cornell Campus: The Cornell University campus includes the Department of Entomology Comstock Hall (named after John Henry and Anna B. Comstock), Cornell Botanic Gardens, Lab of Ornithology, Johnson Museum of Art, Dairy Bar with premium ice cream from Cornell’s cows.  The campus includes wooded areas, one lake, gorges, hills, arboretum, and gardens.

Ithaca: Scenic Ithaca is located at the southern end of Cayuga Lake in Central New York in the Finger Lakes Region. Cayuga Lake is 40 miles long and roughly 1 mile wide. Ithaca truly is “Gorges” as there are two gorges on campus and 150 waterfalls within 10 miles. Major State Parks and National Wildlife Refuges within 45-min of Ithaca include Taughannock Falls SP, Buttermilk Falls, Watkins Glen, and Montezuma’s Refuge.  There are 25 wineries on Cayuga Lake and over 100 wineries, craft breweries and distilleries in the region. The Sciencenter, Museum of the Earth, and Cayuga Nature Center are fun stops for families. https://www.touropia.com/things-to-do-in-ithaca-ny/

Getting to Ithaca: Ithaca is ‘centrally isolated’ with state highways into town, but no major throughways.

Driving: 4.5 hrs from NYC; 1.5 hr drive from Syracuse, Rochester, or Binghamton.

Flying: Ithaca Tompkins International Airport only has Delta and United airlines. Syracuse, Binghamton, and Rochester all have more airlines, but a 1.5 hr trip to Ithaca.  Shuttles available from Syracuse Airport.


Thank you to our generous meeting donors!

Dr. Chris Malloy

Dr. Cole Gilbert – Department of Entomology, Cornell University

Fear Not Tarantulas: Where beauty has eight legs - https://fearnottarantulas.com/

Australian Museum whose blockbuster Spiders - From Fear to Fascination Exhibit is touring museums through North America.
Spiders: Fear to Fascination opens at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences on 17 June 2023.  https://naturalsciences.org/exhibits/special-exhibitions/spiders

David Folker – David Folker Graphics for huntsman spider logo design (email: davidfolker@~@yahoo.com)